Of Men and Marshes
Publication Year: 2012
This classic of twentieth-century nature writing, a landmark work that is still a joy to read, offers a stirring portrait of the Midwest’s endangered glacial marshland ecosystems by one of the most influential biologists of his day. A cautionary book whose advice has not been heeded, a must-read of American environmental literature, Of Men and Marshes should inspire a new generation of conservationists.
Published by: University of Iowa Press
Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
introduction. Paul L. Errington: His Life and Work
Trapper, ecologist, and narure writer Paul Erringron dedicated his life ro the understanding and preservation of wetland environments and ro the rich diversity of wildlife that calls them home. Through his technical research as well as in his popular writing, Erringron...
My own experience with glacial marshes started with muddy feet on the family farm in east-central South Dakota. It continued through years of hunting and fur-trapping and through the long-term research programs that accompanied and followed my rather...
1. of glacial marshes and time
Earth has had its great climatic changes, its alternate advances and withdrawals of contincntal glaciers. Because of their recency, the evidences of Pleistocene ice sheets arc conspicuously before us. Of the recognized glacial stages in North America, the latest, known...
2. of marshes and spring
Sometimes, it comes almost as a prolongation of a winter thaw. I saw migrating Canada geese in a wet eastern South Dakota in early February. I can still remember a small flock that appeared over a low hilltop, their clamor preceding and following them. Another...
3. of marshes and summer
To know what summer really can be on a north-central glacial marsh, one must go either westward or northward from Iowa---or, better, northwestward into northeastern South Dakota. A century ago, Iowa's marshes may have been like those to the west, north, or...
4. of marshes and fall
As late summer grades off into weeks of autumnal mellowness, the waterfowl migration has the appearance of a leisurely procedure. Puddle ducks cover the shallows and mud flats of the more favored marshes with thousands of loafing, sleeping, feeding bodies. In fall...
5. of marshes and winter
For marsh animals adapted to live beneath the ice, early winter may bring no great problems. There are usually weeks after freezeup on a north-central marsh when the water is of almost uniform temperature and without movement except near springs, stream...
6. of marshes and marshes
Although the northern prairie marshes are mainly of glacial origin, they are not exclusively so. There are also the river oxbows. Much of my own experience with oxbows has been along the upper stretches of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers and their tributaries...
7. of marshes and islands
Marsh islands of the northern states and northward are often distinctive land areas, partaking of the wildness of the marsh itself. If sufficiently inaccessible, they are as nearly unvisited by man and by man's domestic stock as any of the higher ground about a marsh...
8. of marshes and safety and comfort
Without here attempting any complete coverage of the obvious, let me remind the careless hunter that he may injure or kill himself or another in an accident on a marsh as well as on land. I never witnessed a hunting accident and never knew personally anyone who...
9. of marshes and peace of mind
At times, one of man's greater needs is freedom from himself, and this freedom is likely to be increasingly threatened by population and economic pressures, by dogmas of organizations exalting power and bigness, and by old ideas that Nature exists only to be conquered....
10. of marshes and man and harmonious use
The great cartoons of my fellow-Iowan, J. N. ("Ding") Darling, were prodding the public conscience on land abuses--pollution, erosive farming, excessive deforestation and drainage--long before I became a resident of the state. They depicted the incongruities...
epilogue: of marshes and the laws of life
We may now consider a view that is held by many thoughtful people. It is not exclusively a view of professional ecologists and teachers, though ecologists and teachers are among those I have heard expressing it most frequently. A single sentence that paraphrases...
Page Count: 154
Publication Year: 2012
OCLC Number: 812253908
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